What are the benefits of using acrylic, plastic or Perspex for project such as splash backs and information about working with acrylic

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This page includes links to all of our Acrylic, Perspex and Plastic related how to projects. Browse through the below list and click on your chosen link to view the project information.

In this section we cover a range of techniques that you might need to work with Acrylic, Perspex and Plastic. Whether you need to cut or drill acrylic or perspex or be it simply joining or gluing acrylic and Perspex, we have the information you need.

The Benefits of working with Acrylic:

Acrylic is a great product to work with and with a little imagination can be used to transform a room. Some of the top benefits of acrylic and Perspex for the DIY enthusiast are:

  1. Cost Effective; It is a relatively cheap material to work with. This can be a down fall as it means than many people overlook it as a material to use and the great effects that can be achieve are simply not considered because they think it is cheap.
  2. Easy to work with; It’s light and flexible so can be bent around protrusions. Often you can get a great finish if you get acrylic professionally cut when you order it; then you will receive your sheet ready to simply stick into place making the job even easier and quicker
  3. Dramatic effect; Acrylic comes with a high gloss finish and in a huge range of colours. With a little imagination you can make a striking feature of a shower or a splash back in a kitchen or bathroom. It has a high gloss finish which can be used to great effect when creating a feature wall potentially.
  4. Easy cleaning; It is very easy to clean with a cloth and a little washing up liquid. Acrylic has a very sooth surface and it is hard for dirt to stick to it.
An acrylic bath is easily fixed but can be prone to some movement

An acrylic bath is easily fixed but can be prone to some movement

What’s a splash back for?

A splash back in great for protecting your walls where they are most likely to be splashed on; from a bubbling sauce pan on a hob or splashes from washing hands in a sink. Slashbacks can be make from a wide variety of materials, including acrylic and Perspex, and are often found around the whole work surface in kitchens to protect the walls. They need to be fairly robust as they are going to come into contact with water, oil and all sorts of cooking and cleaning products.

Slash backs can be made from a range of materials and most commonly from traditional tiles, but also other materials can be uses such as glass or stainless steel.

In this section we focus on using Perspex or acrylic and a vibrant alternative; they are great material to make a design statement. There are a number of projects that will show you how to use acrylic or Perspex and the best ways to cut or drill plastics such as acrylic and Perspex.